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Sep 30, 2012 6:00pm EDT
>> jeff: tonight three days to go. president obama and mitt romney make final preparations for the first presidential debate. nancy cordes is on the trail if las vegas. >> i was a steelworker for 30 years. >> jeff: sick of political ads? barry petersen in california reports on a referendum trying to limit them. mandarin chinese, the world's most spoken language now required in one american school district. mark strassman goes to class. >> what is the word for hello. >> niho. >> and fighting chance, a decorated combat veteran overcomes his battle scars, fulfilling a dream on the football field. >> i didn't die that day on october 3rd, i was meant to do something more in my life. >> this is the captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> jeff: and good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor. after months arguing from a distance president obama and mitt romney meet face-to-face on wednesday. their first debate. it's scheduled for denver. 90 minutes focusing on domestic issues. nancy cordes is on the campaign trail tonight in las vegas, nancy, good evening. >> reporter: go
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown, president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. >>> breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. >>> out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a placehere prices are already over $5 a gallon. >>> is it a hidden danger in plastics and cans of high importance to mothers and their newborns. >>> and what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now. to t. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings between these two men. for romney, today felt like a new chapter. here's a look at the crowd waiting for him in virginia, while the president today said so
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:30am EDT
debate of this election. president obama and mitt romney squared off for 90 minutes last night in denver. tracy potts is live in denver now with the latest on the debate. >> reporter: good morning, everyone, from denver, where the pressure was on for mitt romney to perform to back up his ideas with details, taking on the man that even some republicans had described as one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point of this debate was to make differences clear, on lowering the desmt. >> you said you'd cut the deficit in half, it's now four years later, we have trillion-dollar deficits. >> the way we do it is for every $2.50 of additional debt, we ask for a dollar, paid for by those doing very well to contribute a little more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend five trillion on tax breaks favoring the wealthy. >> math, common sense, and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> they clashed on wall street, whether banks should be too big to fail, and medica
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy leagu degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings debate style between these candidates. even though voting is under
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Sep 30, 2012 10:30am EDT
the election. obama cowl make a gaffe. mitt would win the debates, go could send a flood to destroy all mankind. ( laughter ) so there's hope. >> schieffer: short of building an ark, what is romney's best chance. we'll ask new jersey governor chris christie, and one-time adversary, newt gingrich. so far romney is sticking to a familiar theme, but does he need to do more? >> i will lower the tax rate. he wants to creat to raise them. i'll create jobs and he'll kill them. also marsha blackburn, bob shrum, and larry sabato from the university of virginia center for politics. as we head into first presidential debate, we'll talk about the state of america at home and abroad with the distinguished panel. michelle rhee, former head of the washington, d.c. school system and founder of students first. economist mark zandi of moody analytics. bob woodward, author of "the price of politics" and hendrick smith, author of the new book "who stole the american dream?." it's all ahead on "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news in washington, "face the nation" with bob schieffe
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
>>> they have taken shots at each other for months. now mitt romney and president obama will finally meet face to face in the first presidential debate. good morning, everybody. >> welcome to new 4/today for this wednesday, october 3rd, 2012. this is a live look at the capitol dome this morning at 5:00 a.m. can you see it, though? do you you see anything out there? the fog is out there. we are talking dense fog. low visibility. >> that fog which settled in overnight made for a long trip home for joe biden. his plane had to be diverted to dulles because of low visibility andrews air force base. this was the second time weather impacted his travel. the plane also had to abort its first attempt at landing in charlotte, north carolina because of a thunderstorm. despite the delays, the vice president has always kept his sense of humor. >> good luck getting home. >> delays in north carolina did cause biden to be an hour late to a campaign rally. he was talking to members of the media. i guess his cars weren't beg enough for all those reporters. >> time for weather and traffic on th
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
begin with an economic show down. president obama and mitt romney squared off for the first of three presidential debates last night and what some are calling a polite war of words, the candidates sparred over job creation, taxes and the future of health care. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turn around. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come u
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
. >> gearing up, president obama and mitt romney prepare for their first debate. a show down in denver this wednesday. >>> and on the record, are arnold schwarzenegger opens up on "60 minutes" about the affair that produce ad son and ended his marriage. >> it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 1, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning in afghanistan the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstanding. >
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:00am EDT
>>> this morning on "early today," mile high showdown as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate. our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> midair mess. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. there's a magician, david blaine. he goes high voltage in his blaine. he goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news wall street journal poll finds president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by very much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and finally they say the nation is headed in the right direction. 40%. mea
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
president obama sharpens his attacks. >>> leap of faith. tense moments as a mother and her five kids are forced to jump from a burning building. >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green >>> and sweet mystery why are bes in france producing green and blue honey? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry, and today we begin with back to battle. the two presidential candidates are busy attacking each other on the campaign trail following their first debate. today president obama will be campaigning in virginia and ohio and mitt romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that came up in the debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out r
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
central virginia. president obama will be in northern virginia tomorrow. >> the candidates kept things civil during last night's debate in denver. they were still pointed, though, in criticizing each other's policies and plans. the president went after mitt romney on how he plans to pay for his tax cuts. mitt romney used vice president joe biden's own words in describing the middle class's struggles. >> you think by closing looph e loopholes and deductions for the well-to-do, somehow you will not end up picking up the tab, then governor romney's plan may work for you. but i think math, common sense, and our history shows us that's not a recipe for job growth. >> under the president's policies, middle income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. middle income americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. this is a tax in and of itself. i'll call it the economy tax. it's been crushing. >> earlier in the week, vice president biden had said the middle class has been buried for the past four years. the issue they came closest to agreeing on, social security. the ca
NBC
Sep 28, 2012 11:00pm EDT
weeks tog before election day, both president obama and mitt romney are working to raise some campaign cash. for the first time in two months, romney took his campaign to pennsylvania. polls have given obama a comfortable lead. >> he wants to raise the income tax. i don't want to raise taxes on the american people. not when our economy is in the kind of trouble it's in. i will not raise taxes on middle income americans. >> the president stayed close to the twhiet -- white house with three fundraisers. some have already cast their ballots. most campaign watchers say early voters favor the president because of his grass root education. both candidates will use the weekend to get ready for next wednesday's debate in colorado. >>> we are learning some new details about a deadly shooting at a minneapolis business. this evening another person died. that brings the death toll to six, including the gunman. the 36-year-old shooter was fired from the company early in the morning, he came back in the afternoon, killed the owner along with others before taking his own life. two people are still in
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. >>> president obama greeted a high-spirited crowd at george mason university in fairfax county this morning. if wednesday's debate was a shot in the arm for the romney campaign rather. today's jobs report could be the same for the president. for the first time since he took office a, unemployment has fallen below 8%. meanwhile, mitt romney was also campaigning in the common wealth where he down played the drop in the rate. danielle lee is on capitol hill with the latest from the battleground state. >> from president obama, this is proof that his policies are working, but for mitt romney, the unemployment rate now at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia, a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's jobs report. >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%. marking the first time it's been below 8% during his presidency. >> today's excuse is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political point. >> reporter: political points is exactly what mitt romney was going fo
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: in control, assertive, presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: a rally in denver, the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: he charged romney changed his stance on taxes and spending. >> but if you want to be president, you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have the practice. >> you more worried obama might lose now? >> well, no, not really. >> reporter: obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it and if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategists claim all that changed about their guy was the audience. >> i think people saw him for the first time, a lot of people, not in a 30-second attack ad or 12-second snippet on the news. but got to
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: on social media, some conservatives accuse the obama administration of doctoring the jobs number. former general electric ceo jack welch wrote "unbelievable job numbers. the chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, so change the numbers. >> it's ludicrous to hear that kind of statement. >> reporter: secretary of labor denies any political motivations a saying the numbers are real. while romney launches tv ad as promising to do better than president obama. >> i have a detailed plan to create 12 million new jobs. >> reporter: obama is celebrating this report. >> this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: a benchmark, he says, proves america is on the right track. economists say the number of new jobs being created is not enough to significantly lower the unemployment rate. the next jobs report comes out in four days before the election. reporting live on capitol hill, i'm danielle lee, news 4. >> our team coverage of the presidential election takes us to opposite cornerses of virginia. while governor romney was in coal country in abington, president oba
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 11:00pm EDT
needed a turn around. president obama came into debate ahead. with an estimated 60 million americans watching, moderator jim layrer asked can you put more people to work? romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. the average middle class family with children would pay about $2,000 more. it is not possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that only affect individuals to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. >> reporter: on medicare and social security,one agreement. >> neither the president nor are are i are proposing any changes. >> aarp has said that your plan would weaken medicare, substantially. >> romney fired back a a major debate moment that the president weakened the economy by his focus on health care. >> i don't know how the president could have come into office facing rising unploimt and spending energy and passion fighting for obama care. >> we did work on this alongside workin
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
loose seats on american airlines flights. >>> political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during flights, passenger seats came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both plains had undergone maintenance. they have grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> to politics where president obama and rival mitt romney will not be campaigning today, opting instead to prep for the first of the three debates that they will have starting to
NBC
Sep 30, 2012 6:00am EDT
party endorsed presidential candidate barack obama, republican party endorsed presidential candidate mitt romney. debate subject area, domestic policy. debate moderator, jim lara. structure, six 15-minute segment. three focus on the economy, four, five, and six health care, the role of government and governing. procedure, each candidate gets two minutes to respond to a question posed by jim lara. time remaining is given to freewheeling discussion of segments. risk factor, dangerous, sometimes lethal. ♪ [music] ♪ >> are you better off than you were four years ago? is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? is america as respected throughout the world as it was? do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? if you answer all of those questions yes, why then i think your choice is obvious as to who you'll vote for. if you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am EDT
break from practice to get a burrito, president obama visited hoover dam. aids say they are coaching the president to keep his answers short and be aggressive. romney is practicing how not to get irritated. >> the president could take it away. mitt romney has to have a good night to get the trajectory of the race to change. >> reporter: the new nbc poll shows romney with momentum, just three points behind president obama. more voters than ever think the economy is improving. what are they listening for tonight? >> i would like to hear some, you know, firm stances on positio positions, definitely some good debate. both the candidates thinking on their feet. >> reporter: inundated with ads, some residents say they won't watch the debate. >> i already know who i'm voting for. i don't want to hear it anymore. >> reporter: in the poll, six in ten found the debates somewhat important or not at all. >> mitt romney's campaign called the debate a restart of the campaign. right now, the republican presidential nominee trails president obama by 3% of likely white voters. that is within the poll
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am EDT
bombs that went off within minutes much each other. >>> this morning president obama and mitt romney are getting their final preparations in before tonight's first presidential debate. the candidates will square off at the university of denver. take a look at the hockey arena there. it will host the debate tonight. romney has spent the past few days in the mile high city preparing for tonight. he took a break yesterday for lunch at chipotle. both campaigns know how crucial tonight's debate is especially in virginia. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face to face with president obama. there's no opportunity for the obama campaign to twist his message or his words. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> president obama and mitt romney will face off in two more debates. the next one is a week from tomorrow in danville, kentucky. president obama now leading mitt romney by three percentage points among all likely voters in the latest nbc news/"w
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Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
house, today is expected to be a quiet date for both president obama and mitt romney. neither candidate has any public events planned. behind the scenes, they're cramming for their first debate. chip reid is traveling with the romney campaign in boston. >> reporter: good morning, anthony. this debate is huge for both candidates. some republican strategists say if does not do well in this, it could be downhill from there. and president obama's advisors are very worried he could make a mistake giving mitt romney the opportunity he needs. >> my opponent thinks it's fair that somebody who makes $20 million a year like he does plays a lower tax rate than a cop or teacher who makes $50,000. >> at campaign appearances friday, president obama and mitt romney seemed to be previewing next wednesday's debate when the battle over taxes is expected to take center stage. romney say ts he'll hold the misrepresenting his record. >> i will not raise taxes on middle income americans! >> reporter: the stakes in the debate are so high that both candidates will soon retreat into political cocoons to get rea
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm EDT
details. both from romney and obama. mainly on tax policy. >> reporter: vice president biden said romney would hike middle class taxes. >> how they can justify raising tax on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: republicans jumped on that. buried by obama? >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that mean we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard tomorrow night. doug, andrew and chris say they hope to hear a lot of substance, too. at debate number one in their battleground ate. a lot is on the line. doreen talked about the nbc news "wall street journal" poll. 38%. more than a third of voters saying this debate and the three to follow, one vice presidential work the more presidential, will be important or extremely important to their decision about who to vote for. live from denver, i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> thank you. >>> a freelance american journalist who disapp
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >>. >> reporter: in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney has done well. >> going against romney is not a fun thing. he has the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008. moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. with possible fireworks. >> i think you'll see both of them be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted because the stakes are pretty high. >> reporter: the content could get even tighter, after tonight's clash.
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: in control, assertive. presidential. while barack obama kept his eyes and his energy low. >> it's very rare that impressionistically stylistically there's such a clear triumph of one side over the other. >> reporter: at a rally in denver the president admitted he got surprised. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> reporter: later today at a huge rally in wisconsin, the president charged romney changed what he said on spending and taxes. >> he may do a tap dance and two-step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: some felt mr. obama owed them a better debate. >> he looked like he was tired, drained. >> i think he didn't have the practice. >> you more worried obama might lose now? >> i don't know, not really. >> reporter: obama strategists hint the boss learned a lesson. >> he'll review it, and if he wants to make changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategists say only that changed about their guy was his audience. >> a lot of people s
NBC
Oct 3, 2012 7:00pm EDT
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown in denver. president obama and mitt romney tonight on the same stage for the first time. and our political team is on the ground. >>> smoke alarm. after seeing tonight's report, you may be prompted to check and see which type smoke detector you have because our nbc news investigation has found many may not work fast enough when every cond counts. >>> plus, field of dreams. not a dry eye in the house as a young man with big dreams gets a second chance in the big leagues. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. before too long now, before the end of the evening, we will know how each man did, we will know if anything happens tonight that will fundamentally change the course of this race. we already know that all this debate expectations management you've been hearing is just that. these two men, president barack obama and governor mitt romney, have four ivy league degrees between them and 50 debates between them, though none together and
NBC
Oct 6, 2012 6:30pm EDT
, president obama is trying to blunt mitt romney's momentum embracing friday's encouraging economic news. >> we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> but romney hasn't ceded any ground, attacking failed policies that have stifled growth. >> the participation of our adults in the workforce were the same as at the time he got elected our unemployment rate would be 11%. >> reporter: both are touting the fund-raising tallies. $181 million for obama in september, the most for either side this year. with romney collecting more than 12 million following the debate. >> both sides will have a tremendous amount of money down the final stretch of this campaign, particularly that obama $181 million. that's going to allow them potentially to compete almost one to one with all of that republican outside money. >> reporter: still, romney is facing lingering questions about some of his recent assertions. >> number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. >> reporter:
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
case they need to call for help. >>> president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles today as they prepare for their first debate. romney held this rally last night in denver where that first debate will take place tomorrow night. the republican presidential nominee told supporters that creating jobs will be his administration's top priority. president obama did not make any campaign stops yesterday. he is preparing for tomorrow night's debate right now in nevada. >>> senate leaders say they're already working on avoiding the fiscal cliff quickly approaching in january that could have a huge impact on the economy. here's a live look at the capitol this morning. that cliff, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts, hits january 1st. but a bipartisan group of senators says that they are working on a three-step process to avoid the cliff. they include reducing the deficit about4 trillion over ten years, an overhaul of the tax code, and changes to medicare and social security. now, if congress can't avoid that cliff, it also means an end to several tax cuts and a huge boost in th
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm EDT
>> reporter: if supporters here were troubled by barack obama's debate performance, they didn't show it at a noisy rally a inside the performing arts center. one of the first big applause lines, the unemployment report. >> thank you. this morning we find out that the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since i took office. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: in contrast to the debate, the president today energetically jabbed back at his opponent, accusing mitt romney of an extreme makeover. mr. obama reminded of romney's performance. >> for all you mom and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. rounding him up. elmo's got to watch out, too. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild, again. >> reporter: democrats also used big bird as a prop to ruffle feathers in southwest virginia where romney campaigned in coal country. but a campaign spokesman challenged the president's assessment of the unemployment rate. >> he wants to brag about a 7.8% unemployment rate, but the fact is t
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
will create 12 million jobs when president obama couldn't. first, my energy independence policy means more than three million new jobs. many of them in manufacturing. my tax reform plan to lower rates for the middle class and for small business creates seven million more. and expanding trade, cracking down on china, and improving job training takes us to over 12 million new jobs. i'm mitt romney, and i approve this message. >>> president obama landed in los angeles about an hour ago. he's there to raise big money from celebrity supporters. he will speak at a con skert at the nokia theater where bon jovi, stevie wonder, and katy perry perform. tonight he'll speak at a $25,000 per person fund-raising dinner. that's $25,000 a person. the obama campaign is looking to build on his record-breaking month. the campaign raised $181 million in september. >>> mitt romney wrapping up a three-day campaign swing through florida where he spoke to a crowd of 12,000 today in port st. lucie. romney talked about last week's debate and said the president struggled because he can't defend his record
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
obama, 47% would support the former governor of massachusetts. the first of three debates will take place wednesday night in denver. one republican leader predicted mitt romney's performance will be strong enough to reshape the race. steve handelsman on capitol hill now with more on this. >> reporter: jim, thanks, good evening. both these candidates are looking at the polls, mostly in the battleground states. and they're all eyeing this debate, both eyeing this debate on wednesday. picture it, mitt romney side by side with barack obama. this is what challengers want, to be literally on an even keel with the incumbent president and 60 million americans could tune in. prominent republicans said today, it's huge. they're setting up for the debate in denver. one of mitt romney's biggest backers sounds upbeat. >> every time he's been challenged, in one of these situations, and had a debate, he's come forward with an outstanding performance. listen, i plead guilty to having confidence in the guy on wednesday night. >> reporter: but romney trails in every battleground state. >> he's got to
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
, president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles as they prepare for their first debate. romney held this rally in denver where that debate will take place monday night. the republican presidential nominee told his supporters that creating jobs will be his administration's top priority. president obama did not make any campaign stops. he's preparing for tomorrow night's debate in nevada. >>> they've got a three-step plan to avoid a fiscal cliff in january. that cliff, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts hits on january 1st. the plan includes reducing the deficit by about $4 trillion over ten years. an overhaul of the tax code and changes to medicare and social security. several tax cuts could also end if the cliff is not avoided, meaning about $3,500 more in taxes for the average household. >>> american university is warning students to be on alert after a string of incidents where a man has groped students near campus. there have been four reported incidents in the last week. the most recent one happened sunday night on massachusetts avenue. police say the suspect comes up f
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Oct 3, 2012 12:35am EDT
, tomorrow is the first of three debates between myself and president obama. and i'm looking forward to having a serious conversation with my opponent about the issues. and as you m have heard, i've also prepared a few zingers for the occasion. [ laughter ] would you like a taste? [ cheers and applause ] for example, when we greet each other onstage before the debate, i'll put my finger on obama's tie and i'll say, "hey, there's something on your tie." [ laughter ] then, when he looks down, i'll slide my finger from his sternum right up to his nostrils, and i'll say, "boop." [ laughter ] ha ha-ha. ha ha ha ha-ha. ha ha. trust me, it's gonna be great. [ laughter ] i've also been working on some "that's what she said" zingers. [ light laughter ] for instance, when obama is talking during the debate, i'll just interrupt him and say, "that's what she said?" [ laughter ] ha ha ha. gets 'em every time. ha ha. [ laughter ] now, last week, my campaign leaked a memo telling everyone to lower their expectations for my performance in these debates because, as we all know, barack obama is an extrem
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00am EDT
within the vatican. he faces four years in prison if convi convicted. >>> president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles today as they prepare for their first debate. the republican presidential nominee told supporters creating jobs will be his administrations top priority. president obama didn't make any campaign stops yesterday. he's preparing right now in nevada. >>> storm 4 meteorologist tom kierein joins us right now with some explaining. huh told us it was going rain and it did as you said. >> as my aunt used to say, it rained pitch forks and hammer handles. it came down, made a lot of noise and is coming down hard around the region. traffic is still crawling through much of the region. here is a photo tweeted by melissa mollet. she has to pull over because the rain was coming down so hard. this was in gaithersburg. when the rain is coming down hard, just pull over and wait. these are passing heavy downpours. thanks for posting that. send your photos to www.nbcwashington.com. look at that scene. you can barely make out the jefferson memorial in the moderate showers co
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
obama and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail. both campaigns are declaring victory in the first presidential debate. melissa mollet joins us with some of the highlights. >> reporter: good morning. in an hour, president obama will speak at a park in denver, then fly fo wisconsin this afternoon. meantime, romney is headed to virginia for a ral lee tonight. they might be moving on, but many are rehashing last night's debate. the debate was make or break for mitt romney who appeared confident, commanding and in control. at times, it seemed a subdued president obama was less prepared allowing romney to steer the direction of the debate. many, including "meet the press" host, david gregory calling romney the clear winner. >> his proposal calls for a tax cut on top of $2 trillion of spending. >> everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say absolutely not. >> reporter: there's no time for rest. the senior advisers on the "today" show, early this morning. >> governor romney put more preparation into i
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
. president obama has been preching in neff. both have been keeping low profiles in recent days. meanwhile republicans are seizing on comments vice president joe biden made at a campaign stop yesterday to say the obama administration's economic policies are not working. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> of course the middle class has been buried. they're being bear ruried by regulations, taxes, borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> biden later tried to clarify his comment by saying the middle class was buried by policies mitt romney and paul ryan supported. >>> and mitt romney's campaign has called tonight's debate a restart of the campaign. right now the republican nominee trails by 3% among likely voters. that is according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. that is also within the poll's margin of error. the president leads by seven points, though, among all registered voters. he he also leads in the battleground states that could decide the election
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
face-to-face meeting between barack obama and mitt romney in nearly five years. the first is domestic matters and the economy. at this time tomorrow night, it will all be over left to the pun dants and the voters. >> home of the pioneers, the university of denver plays home to sparring contenders of the political kind. final touches were put on the debate today where in less than 24 hours, potential gaps and zingers could fly. president obama took a break and visited the hoover dam. mitt romney took time out for a buritto bowl. and romney may have gotten zinger help from an unlikely ally today. vice president joe biden campaigning in north carolina. >> how they can justify raising taxes in the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify it? >> reporter: republicans pounced. >> we agreed. we need to elect mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: in person absentee voting is already under way. early voeting going only in other states. both sides know tomorrow's debate could be the last one some voters see. >> i
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Oct 2, 2012 4:30am EDT
in that holdup. >>> president obama and mitt romney will spend today preparing for their first debate. the candidates will square off tomorrow night at the university of denver. romney arrived in denver yesterday as quarterback john elway introduced the presidential nominee at a rally last night. romney told the crowd creating jobs would be the administration's number one priority. president obama preparing for tomorrow's debate but in nevada. he has not made any campaign appearances since sunday. romney says he would not deport any undocumented immigrants in the u.s. because of an executive order the president signed. they can stay for two years if they came before they were 16, are still 30 or younger, and meet other criteria. romney criticized the president for signing that executive order during an election year. he also said he would veto a bill that would grant a path to citizenship. >>> strong attacks coming from both sides, but now some residents in roanoke, virginia, say one anti-obama display goes too far. a man named curtis caldwell put up a statue on his front lawn
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm EDT
candidates sweat a little bit. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds in florida. he's now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney's done well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he's got the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008, two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back
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Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm EDT
victory over president obama in their first of three debates. this now throws something of a change into the race and this only focuses more attention on the big and ongoing fight to swing those remaining undecided voters. they number about 5% of all voters. they take up 100% of the efforts of some of the campaign teams who have to find them and then hook them as harry smith recently saw in the critical state of north carolina. >> reporter: republican volunteers canvass in the neighborhoods of raleigh, north carolina. >> how are you today? >> reporter: this is real retail politics, the ultimate neighborhood watch. >> mitt romney. >> obama. >> thank you for your time. >> reporter: the grueling day by day search for the most important person in this election. the undecided voter. >> another double. >> reporter: and we found him. he's george manukus. >> you are aiming in the wrong direction. >> reporter: george is a registered independent who voted for john mccain four years ago but is still on the fence. the candidate who wins his vote and others like him will win the election. >> you
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Oct 6, 2012 12:35am EDT
months of intense debate practice with senator john kerry, president obama promises to be more aggressive and a lot tougher on mitt romney in the next debate. which explains obama's new debate coach, nicki minaj. [ laughter ] i'm afraid. i'm afraid of nicki minaj, yeah. some more political news. in a new interview, mitt romney said that he is against marijuana being used for recreational purposes. [ boos ] when stoners heard that, they were like, "well, what about just for fun? [ laughter ] can we use it for fun?" [ cheers and applause ] check this out. in a new interview, first lady michelle obama said that she would choose will smith or denzel washington to play her husband in a movie. or as democrats put that, "any way they can play him in a debate?" [ laughter ] thank you, yeah. thank you very much. i just heard about this. the olive garden is getting rid of its famous catchphrase, "when you're here, you're family." yeah. they're gonna start using a more appropriate catchphrase. "when you're here, the wait was too long at the cheesecake factory." [ laughter ] that's what th
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Oct 1, 2012 7:00am EDT
. >> governor rom the high, president obama gearing up for their first president debate on wednesday. >> i don't think one event is going make-or-break this campaign. >> thursday morning you'll be scratching your head and say wow we have a barn burner now in this race. >> maria asked you why didn't you tell me and what did you say? >> that i did not know how to. the things that really meant the most to me really fell apart because of my doing. i look back and say how you could have done that. >> in japan the powerful typhoon captured on tape. >> lindsay lohan recovering from a scuffle with a man over photos he took of her on his cell phone. >>> he wasn't injured. the skateboarder is still eating >> all that -- >> no, no, no! >> he just pile drives donald jones. >> and all that matters. >> the europeans staged and epic come back to win the ryder cup. >> on cbs "this morning." >> the idea that you play a fictional character on tv who has now real influence. are you surprised by that? >> oprah could you say the word genius again? >>> welcome to cbs "this morning." another deadly attack in afg
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
circulate a five-year-old video in a move the obama campaign call desperate. >>> nbc news investigates why the smoke detector in your home may not work in a fire. a report that could save you and your family. >>> and online attack. on-air response. a local news anchor takes to the airwaves to fire back at a viewer who slammed her for her weight. >> well, you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and i am much more than a number on a scale. >> we'll talk to her today, wednesday, october 3rd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. if you love politics, this is it. the stage is set. the first big presidential debate. the showdown in denver between president obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or und
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
, aggressively pushing president obama on the economy, job creation, and health care. we're going to talk to top advisers about how their candidates faired just ahead. we're also going to talk with chris matthews who had very strong feelings about the debate. but we want to begin with chuck todd, chief white house correspondent in denver this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. look, this may have been the most substantive debate in the television era. and mitt romney dealt with it as if his campaign depended on it while a subdued president obama let romney dictate the terms of the debate. not exactly the gift the president was looking for on his 20th wedding anniversary. >> and so i just want to wish, sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people. >> reporter: from the very beginning, mitt romney displayed a confident and commanding presence on stage, almost one-upping the president from the start. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
of testy exchanges and harsh criticism as mitt romney and president obama try to show why they should win in november. good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to news4 today for this thursday. we're going to take a look outside at 5:00 a.m. 43 degrees. the humidity that came through the region made it feel like summer. >> 73. >> what did i say? >> 43. >> no, i'm sorry. 73, that's a big difference. >> it is going to be that cold by monday, though. >> what? >> indeed. it's going to be 30 degrees colder in the mornings by monday. big change on the way between now and then. ahead of another weak front coming our way. we have some passing light showers now moving out of the carolinas into virginia, the district, and maryland, parts of east and west virginia advancing north and east. a closer view of our storm 4 team radar. the wipers are running on 95 now between the beltway down to fredericksburg, getting some more moderate showers there in the dark green and yellows. farther west in loudoun county and prince william and culpepper and around blue
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
and obama mainly on tax policy. >> reporter: vice president biden charged today, team romney would hike middle class taxes. >> how they can justify raising taxes of the middle class that has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: the republicans jumped on that. buried by obama? in colorado, mitt romney took a break for a burrito bowl. >> how are you doing today? >> reporter: romney's number two, paul ryan, kept campaigning. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped. it failed because it was passed. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard tomorrow night. doug, andrew and chris say they hope to hear a lot of substance, too. a debate number one in their battleground state. >> reporter: so how critical will this first presidential debate be? today's nbc news "wall street journal" poll finds 38%, more than a third of voters say this debate and the ones to follow will be quite important or extremely important to their decision about who to vote for. live from denver, i'm steve handelsman, news 4. >> thanks, steve. and a program note. nbc news w
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm EDT
also. except for ohio. and that lead in ohio for president obama is really significant. because ohio is almost critically important for mitt romney to get to 270 electoral votes. the other thing about it is, people are feeling better about the economy. as bad as things are, 40% of people think that the country is heading on the right track. and that tells all of us, especially the polling experts, wendy, that people are feeling better about the direction of the country, and so they have to feel really badly about the country, if they wanted to eject the current president of the united states and take a bet on someone they don't know very well. that's the final thing. mitt romney is way behind president obama in popularity. and that's his challenge tonight. mitt romney has to come out here tonight and try to be nice, and affable and likable and get past that 47% comment that he made, which seemed to be writing off half of the american voters. at the same time he's got to be tough and aggressive and try to rattle president obama. and that is a very hard combination. >> all right. andrea m
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Sep 29, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. >> reporter: off the campaign trail, president obama and challenger mitt romney are prepping for their first debate. in practice sessions, romney will get help from ohio senator rob fortman, who will play the role of the president. president obama will look to massachusetts senator john kerry to stand in for romney. behind in recent polls, some campaign watchers say romney has more riding on the debates, as well as more to gain, than the president. >> the challenger has the opportunity to establish he is competent to stand up and hold his own against the president of the united states. a challenger who accomplishes that in effect wins the first debate. >> reporter: wednesday's debate gives both candidates a chance to explain their plans for health care and the economy. drew levinson, cbs news. >> the first of the three presidential debates is wednesday at the university of denver. it will focus on domestic policy. the vice-presidential depates will take place on october 11th . >>> lee boy malvoy has talked to the washington post. he was convicted along with john mohammed of the shootings tha
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
. >>> lots of politics to talk about it on the eve of the first presidential debate. president obama and governor romney will spend the day preparing for the showdown what. message do they need to send to the undecided voters? none other than bill o'reilly is here to join us and to talk about his new book. >> looking forward to that. >>> what caused a nasty gharib on this killer whale at seaworld san diego? was it an accident or attack by other whales? a live report on that. >>> and your next oscar host, seth macfarlane. >> yes. >> his fans, and al roker are praising the pick, but some are wondering why the academy selected the creator of "family guy" who has been in only one film. we'll get into that debate. >>> and later we'll talk about it with today's professionals. >> do we sense what you feel about that pick? >> i'm still absorbing it. going to sit with it for a while. >> not emotionally prepared to talk about it. >> not yet. >> before we get to that lets check in with the day's top stories with natalie morales over at the news desk. >> good morning, everyone. we begin with trouble
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
to more than 30,000 thursday, president obama arrived armed with new energy and attack lines against romney that were absent from wednesday's debate. all but calling his opponent a liar. >> governor romney may dance around his positions. he may do a tap dance and a two-step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: mr. obama's top advisers concedes the president needs to come back fighting the next two debates and find a sharper way to sell his message. we'll make adjustments, his top strategist said. president obama took aim at cutting funds to pbs, the home to big bird. that's less than $100 million a year, just a fraction of the overall federal budget. >> thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird! who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? elmo's got to watch out. >> reporter: meanwhile, a past presidential nominee, former vice president al gore, who had his own debate struggles, offered this unusual explanation for mr. obama's uninspired performance, blaming the high altitude in denver. >> ob
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
obama is expected to be ready for attack. >> thank you. >>> sue herrera has visited us from cnbc headquarters today here in our studios, by the way, the markets reacted in a big way today as job news, stocks closed at the highest level today in nearly five years, as you sue, know, all too well. what does it mean? >> i think it was a good report in one sense in that the economy is continuing to add jobs, but it was not a great report. we need to continue to see better numbers than this. 150 or 200,000 new jobs created for the next few months to get us back to levels of much better unemployment. it is a start but not a good report. >> as we saw in andrea's set-up piece, the combination of the retired executive with the twitter account made some trouble for the president today. the comments aside, in your experience can numbers like this be manipulated at all? >> no, because it is a difficult number to put together, that is for a reason, because they don't want it to be manipulated. they're put together by two separate government entities, bureau of labor statistics, the labor depar
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